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Stephen Bird, ‘Artist Bowl’, 2014,  Olsen Irwin
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Stephen Bird

Artist Bowl, 2014

Clay, pigment, glaze
315 in diameter
800 cm diameter
Location
Woollahra
About the work
Stephen Bird
British-Australian, b. 1964
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Grounded in his training as a painter and fueled by his inborn irreverence, mixed-media artist Stephen Bird is best known for his ceramic works: sculptures, plates, and vessels covered with exquisitely detailed, wry vignettes focused on the tragicomedy of the human condition. Eyeballs, fried eggs, Adam and Eve, Jesus, and Hindu and Buddhist deities are among the many images that recur in his compositions, which serve as vehicles for his satirical view of life. At once fastidious and cartoonish, Bird’s style is a mixture of close observation of his surroundings, imagination, and a democratic approach to painting, drawing, etching, sculpture, and, since the early 1990s, ceramics. As he explains: “I approach each medium with the only method I know: looking, drawing, adjusting, looking, over and over until something begins to happen which is beyond words or even rational thinking.”

Stephen Bird, ‘Artist Bowl’, 2014,  Olsen Irwin
Stephen Bird, ‘Artist Bowl’, 2014,  Olsen Irwin
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About the work
Stephen Bird
British-Australian, b. 1964
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Grounded in his training as a painter and fueled by his inborn irreverence, mixed-media artist Stephen Bird is best known for his ceramic works: sculptures, plates, and vessels covered with exquisitely detailed, wry vignettes focused on the tragicomedy of the human condition. Eyeballs, fried eggs, Adam and Eve, Jesus, and Hindu and Buddhist deities are among the many images that recur in his compositions, which serve as vehicles for his satirical view of life. At once fastidious and cartoonish, Bird’s style is a mixture of close observation of his surroundings, imagination, and a democratic approach to painting, drawing, etching, sculpture, and, since the early 1990s, ceramics. As he explains: “I approach each medium with the only method I know: looking, drawing, adjusting, looking, over and over until something begins to happen which is beyond words or even rational thinking.”

Stephen Bird

Artist Bowl, 2014

Clay, pigment, glaze
315 in diameter
800 cm diameter
Location
Woollahra
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